Rand Paul May Face Challenge From Libertarian Candidate
Libertarian Party Vice Chair Joshua Koch says Rand Paul has betrayed the party’s values, and the party may field a candidate to challenge him for the U. S. Senate from Kentucky. Kentucky Party Chair Ken Moellman says Koch isn’t speaking for the party but didn’t rule out a challenge to Paul.
Koch said Paul’s views on a variety of subjects differ from the Libertarian Party, including his promised support for any measures to ban abortion and his opposition to same-sex marriage.
“Trying to impose a national standard for that would throw the whole system out of balance, and that’s definitely not Libertarian,” Koch said.
Koch also said Paul is out of step with Libertarians in his unwillingness to call for U.S. troops to leave Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The reason why we would even consider running somebody in this race is because we’re not going to let Rand determine what a Libertarian stands for,” he said. “I’m here to say Rand does not have the Libertarian ideology.”
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